While both of Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens continue as if they are playing their game at 3:40 PM Wednesday as they hope no more positive COVID-19 tests, the teams were given a 12:30 PM deadline to finalize the rosters for the game. Both teams have open roster positions due to players going on the COVID-19 list. Baltimore is faced with promoting a large quantity of players from their practice squad in order to fill out a complete roster. As for the Steelers, they had one open roster position coming into Wednesday but now have two due to the placement of center Maurkice Pouncey on the Reserve/COVID-19 List.
One item of note is any player elevated from the practice squad to the active roster due to COVID-19 designations will be eligible to return to the practice squad without going through waivers. Also, an elevation due to COVID-19 does not count as one of the two normal elevations for a player during the 2020 season.
Most importantly, the Pittsburgh Steelers added running back Wendell Smallwood and offensive lineman Anthony Coyle as COVID-19 replacements. The addition of Smallwood was expected as the Steelers only had two active running backs and Benny Snell Jr. and Anthony McFarland Jr. As for Coyle, the Steelers needed an eighth offensive lineman to dress in order to have 48 active players.
The #Steelers have placed Maurkice Pouncey on the Covid-19 List.— Missi Matthews (@missi_matthews) December 2, 2020
RB Wendell Smallwood and OL Anthony Coyle have been elevated to the active roster from the practice squad as Covid-19 replacements.
As for Baltimore’s moves, there will be an extensive list of players promoted from their practice squad to the 53-man roster for Wednesday’s game. The Ravens did not announce their 10 players until their inactives were due.
Ravens announce additions to active roster for today's game: QB Tyler Huntley, RB Ty'Son Williams, TEs Luke Willson, Sean Culkin and Eric Tomlinson, OL R.J. Prince, OLBs Aaron Adeoye and Chauncey Rivers, DT Aaron Crawford, LS Nick Moore. They also put Geno Stone on COVID list— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) December 2, 2020
Even after filling out their roster, both teams will have to list their inactive players at 2:10 PM on Wednesday.
Stay tuned to BTSC for each teams’ inactive list and all the news and updates with the Steelers Week 12 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens.